-- What is Hidden in Translation to English
Mar 12:24 Do you not therefore err, because you know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
Alternative: Through this you go astray seeing neither the design nor the capacity of God.
Wordplay: The wordplay here juxtaposes going astray with not seeing. People go astray, wander, and get off track because they cannot see.
Mar 12:17 Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.
Alternative: Give back to Caesar Caesar's and to God God's.
Mar 12:16 Whose [is] this image and superscription?
Alternative: What's this likeness and the writing on it.
Mar 12:15 Why tempt you me? bring me a penny, that I may see [it].
Alternative: Why test me? Fetch me a silver coin so I might investigate.
Mar 12:11 This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?
Alternative: From the Lord, this comes into being and it is wonderful in our eyes.
Wordplay: Since "eyes" means the "the dearest and the best" in Greek, the phrase "marvelous in our eyes" has the sense of the dearest and best of all things wonderful.
Mar 12:10 And have you not read this scripture; The stone which is rejected [for ] housebuilding is become the head of the corner:
Alternative: And have you not read this writing: The stone which the builders rejected must become the head of the leaders:
Mar 12:9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.
Alternative: What will the master of the vineyard really do? He will set out and lay waste to the vine dressers and hand over the vineyard to another.
Mar 12:8 And they took him, and killed [him], and cast [him] out of the vineyard.
Alternative: And they received him, put him to death, and cast [him] out of the vineyard.
Mar 12:6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
Alternative: Having still then one son, that he had to be content with, he finally sent him also to them, saying, "They will be turned around by my son."
Mar 12:7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.
Alternative: But in this case the vine dressers spoke among themselves, Since this is the heir; come together, kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.
What would it have been like to hear Jesus speak? To view a pdf of an audio script where the characters describe the Sermon on the Mount, click here. For the stage play version, click here.